Lentil-Veggie Soup (Crock Pot)

"This soup is easy to put together with basic food items that most of us have around. I found the recipe in Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes, and I did some adjustments with the vegetables and herbs used. I was surprised at how good this very simple soup turned out."
 
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Ready In:
12hrs 15mins
Ingredients:
14
Serves:
6
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ingredients

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directions

  • Rinse lentils.
  • Place all ingredients except the pepper into a 4-6 quart slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for at least 12 hours, or high for at least 5 hours.
  • Season with pepper and remove the bay leaves before serving.

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Reviews

  1. Clarely
    We really enjoyed this healthy soup! I added some zucchini and even some cauliflour left over from a veggie tray. Added just a pinch of red pepper flakes and a pinch of kosher salt too based on ideas from other reviewers. My crock pot runs really hot, so on low 6 hours was just right. Gotta know your crock pot. Perfect on a cool day with some whole grain bread from the bakery.
     
  2. Soozaler
    Maybe I'm not being fair giving this 3 stars. I guess it depends on what you want. This soup tasted *exactly* like Progresso Minestrone Soup, but with lentils. So it was more of an italian flavored vegetable soup with lentils, rather than a lentil soup with vegetables. If you want a tomatoey vegetable soup, this will fit the bill, but if you are looking for a traditional lentil soup, you will be disappointed.
     
  3. bobafemme
    Easy to make, my lentils came out perfect (I used the plain old brown kind) without pre-soaking suggested by other. Makes a bunch and freezes well.
     
  4. Motivated Mama
    Very good! After reading all the reviews, I increased the seasonings and added some marinara sauce. I soaked the lentils over night, cooked everything on low for three hours then on high for 6. It filled the house with a lovely smell that every one commented on. I served it with some whole wheat bread and had the perfect meal for a rainy day. I recieved many compliments on it as well. Thanks for posting an easy and nutritious meal that even my one year old enjoyed!
     
  5. Sohani P.
    Thank you for this recipe. it’s rainy and cold here and the perfect time for this soup, so I will make something like your soup for my husband soon. I hope he is gonna like it. and come to some soup recipe>> http://www.brokevegankitchen.com/2017/08/the-most-searched-lentil-potato-slow.html
     
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Tweaks

  1. Linda F.
    To make a more hearty but still meatless soup, I added 2 Italian Field Roast sausages, minced and browned. I used 2 sweet potatoes instead of carrots. Also added asparagus. mmmmm good!
     
  2. Salmon of Doubt
    I have to agree that this is rather bland until you throw in a bit of salt and pepper. I added a splash of hot sauce as well. This would be a great meal for those with high blood pressure if fresh tomatoes were subsituted for the canned (I used fresh because I had them on hand) and used a low-sodium broth. To me, there can never be enough garlic in a recipe so I smashed 4 cloves up and put them in nearly whole, in addition to 3 minced cloves. Also, used beef broth instead of vegetable and added 1.5 cups of frozen corn. Not a bad recipe as it's super easy to make, but I'll probably only make it when in a bind to use up vegetables.
     
  3. newspapergal
    Good & easy. I used beef broth, and zucchini instead of celery b/c I was out. This needed a good pinch of salt, but otherwise is great as-is! Thanks for an easy & healthy recipe.
     
  4. Mama Chrissy
    This was a hit at my church's Lenten soup supper! I used fat free beef broth instead of veggie broth and offered Parmesan cheese to top it off. I'm a WW member and am guessing 1 pt. for 1 cup. Even my 10 year old loved it (he asked me to add some beef next time I make it). Family hit that I'll be making again very soon. :)
     

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